A few Sundays ago we took advantage of the perfect weather to visit Cromwell Valley Park. We have been there multiple times, but this time, we went to hike the orienteering course, which uses compass and map skills to follow a trail that pretty much takes you all over the main aspects of the park.
Of course, when you start a hike everyone is excited and exuberant!
The building are quite lovely with some walled gardens. The Willow Grove farm house contains the nature center, where we saw live animals like snakes, birds, chicks, and turtles. I particularly love the Apple House. Apparently, this building was used as a “finishing room” when there were apple and peach orchards on the property. It is in this space the fruit was boxed and then transported to be sold along the waterfront and in stalls in Baltimore City.
The Lime Kilns were in the midst of being refurbished, which was neat to see. There are three kilns and the oldest was probably in operation from 1785 onward.
The kids had a blast playing in the Nature Discovery Zone, which had a sandbox, playhouse structure, and see-saw.
It definitely was a fun day of exploring and hiking in nature. We’re definitely planning on packing a lunch and going back and spending more time playing in the stream sometime soon!